#Psychology

Twenty-Nine Facts You Should Know About Psychiatry and Why It Is Helping the Person Next to You

Carmine Pariante | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Tech
Carmine Pariante

Public attitudes towards mental health have also improved thanks to efforts from psychiatrists through the Time for Change anti-stigma campaign; for example, in the last five years, fewer people with mental health problems have experienced discrimination in their social life or in securing a job.

Why Millennials Voted Remain in the EU Referendum

Beth Burks | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Burks

Children are the greatest learners. Hopefully we will learn from our own history - the generations coming behind us will be more connected, more global and different in ways we can only imagine. However, it is clear to say that a lot of us feel let down by Thursday's decision.

Eastern Ukraine: Conflicting Interpretations of the Conflict

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

During a visit to a summer camp for children affected by the conflict in Donbass, eastern Ukraine, I met a boy close to the frontline who had made a drawing of a tree, on top of which he drew a house with a family. When asked why the house was in the tree top and wouldn't it fall down in the wind, the boy confidently assured me 'no', the house is strong and secure. I later found out that this boy's dog had been killed by a landmine.

The Psychology of Brexit - Seven Reasons Why England Voted Leave

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Professor Ian Robertson

The world has been shaken by Britain's decision to exit the European Union. What are the psychological factors behind this seismic event? The vote was carried by three separate factors - age, wealth and geography - with the old, the poor and the non-London English ensuring that the Leave campaign won.

How Do You Explain to Your Children Their Father Has Died?

Tracy Ogali | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Parents
Tracy Ogali

How do you tell your 10-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter that their father has died? Is there a specific way? How can you make it sound right or even believable? It had happened suddenly. It was 15th July 2010 a warm summer's evening...

Mental Health in the Next 50 Years: "It's More Than Just Changing Hearts and Mind'

Willem Kuyken | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Willem Kuyken

In my parent's generation there was a sea change in health behaviour. Not so long ago smoking was considered normal, diets were conducive to heart disease and exercise was a marginal pursuit. In just fifty years most people acknowledge the importance of exercise and diet. Smoking has become a marginal pursuit. There has been a huge tipping point.

Dads Dealing With Stepfamily Guilt

Lisa Doodson | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Doodson

Men who subsequently go on to find a new partner, and perhaps have children with them, find it very hard to shake off feelings of guilt for not being able to be with all of their children, all of the time. Often they try and reduce these feelings by always 'being there' for their children.

Easy Life Hacks to Think Your Way Slim

Victoria Wills | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Wills

So, we've officially dived-in to the bikini and flip-flops season. And like many of us, you might be trying to convince yourself that a punishing new gym regime is the way forward if you're going to squeeze into your swimsuit or beach shorts.

Taking an Overview By Thinking Like an Astronaut

Lucy Maddox | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Maddox

It's hard to have a sense of perspective on our own lives, the tiniest things seem incredibly important and the important things are hard to remember. How is it possible to hang on to the big stuff and not sweat the small?

Do Ad Agencies Discriminate When Hiring?

Richard Shotton | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK
Richard Shotton

Imagine you had two applicants for a graduate vacancy. Both are well-qualified, with strong academic credentials, plenty of work experience and a passion for advertising. How would you choose between them?

Using 'Willpower' to Lose Weight Will Doom You to Failure

Victoria Wills | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Wills

By trying to use 'willpower' to stop you overeating, you're embarking on a vain attempt to overrule three millions years of evolution. It's a pointless exercise unless you REALLY know what you're doing.

Brexit, Brands and the Butterfly Effect

Richard Shotton | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Richard Shotton

One winter's day in 1961, Professor Edward Lorenz - one of the first meteorologists to use computer-based prediction - decided to run a weather simulation in his MIT lab. He'd run this one before, so he was pretty sure he knew what to expect. But on this occasion, to save time, he inputted the data using three decimals places, rather than six as he had used originally. So, for example, 23.348 rather than 23.347813: a difference of just 0.000187.

The Imposter Syndrome - Syndrome or Mindset?

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

One of the greatest author and poet of our time, Maya Angelou wrote eleven acclaimed books in her lifetime. Yet, she once admitted 'I have written eleven books, but each time I think, "Uh oh, they're going to find out now. I've run a game on everybody, and they're going to find me out.'

Of Mice and Mood - How Brands Can Benefit From Mood Advertising

Richard Shotton | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK
Richard Shotton

Websites regularly gather insights by monitoring what customers click on. But now they can judge our emotions from how we move our mouse.

Three Ways EgyptAir's Missing A320 Highlights Anxiety-Driven News Media

Sasha G Brown | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Sasha G Brown

Our family gets together every Sunday for dinner at my aunt's house. It's been a tradition since before I can remember, and I really enjoy the opportu...

Making Sense of the World - Nature, Nurture and Beyond

Peter Kinderman | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Kinderman

Our mental health reflects a complex and turbulent dance between nature and nurture. But we are not merely passive slaves to these forces, we actively learn about, make sense of and respond to the world. The essential added element in the 'nature-nurture' debate, too often overlooked, is human psychology itself.

There Are More Connections in the Human Brain Than There Are Stars in Our Milky Way Galaxy...

Carmine Pariante | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Tech
Carmine Pariante

The debate on Mind vs. Brain has figured prominently in the recent public press. But the debate is misleading: few dispute that mental life is grounded in the complex circuits of connections between neurons (brain cells) and in their constant interaction with the world outside.

Are Your Friends Making You Fat?

Victoria Wills | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Wills

You find yourself in a situation which is, at best, undermining your efforts and at worst, absolutely soul destroying and likely to have you reaching for the comfort of cake as you slip back in to the perpetual vicious circle.

Brands Must Recognise We're a Million Different People From One Day to the Next

Richard Shotton | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Richard Shotton

The Verve song, "Bitter Sweet Symphony", is famous for its haunting chorus, infamous video and the Rolling Stone's accusations of plagiarism. However,...

Where Is My Sugar-Free Happy Ending?

Helena Busiakiewicz | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Busiakiewicz

It will take some time before I am fully in control of this illness. Before I can manage to inject insulin four times a day. I am not, by any means, cured of the paralysis caused by Diabulimia. It is a bit of a shame that I cannot finish this with a happy, sugar-free ending. But every day, I am trying my best. And right now, that's good enough for me.

Exposed: Kim Kardashian Didn't Break the Internet - It Was Already Broken

Dr Helen Driscoll | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dr Helen Driscoll

Kim Kardashian was also faced with a body-shaming storm after posting her infamous nude selfie. The reaction to this was explosive. Debate raged about whether such displays are empowering or degrading to women.

Taking Action Before the Fuse Burns Out - Saving Money On Insurance Premiums Means Identifying and Seizing Good Opportunities To Act

Dr Thomas Webb | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK
Dr Thomas Webb

Taken together then, it seems that if we want to save money on our insurance premiums then we need to take action before we end up paying more than we need to. So why not seize this opportunity, look up your renewal date, and make a plan to compare providers and select a policy in good time, before the fuse burns out?

It's Time to Question Everything You Know About Commitment

Edward Pike | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Edward Pike

What if commitment was in fact a commitment to your true needs and to your soul's longing? Which by default also means your true need and longing for joy, pleasure, fun and connection - and all the awesome things that the mind doesn't seem to understand.

Anger Is Your Friend

Mia Doring | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mia Doring

Anger, like all of our emotional states, is pointing us towards a personal insight. Dig a little, without judging or self criticism, for what could be beneath the anger; maybe it's a value we didn't know we held, maybe it unearths a blind spot, maybe it shows us what we really care about.

How Our Cognitive Biases Can Hinder Us, But Also Help Us

Mia Doring | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mia Doring

The best thing I learnt while I was studying Psychology was about all of our cognitive biases. There are loads of them. These 'mental shortcuts' operate mainly unconsciously, and, although the word 'bias' pings with negative connotations, they actually have a very important function; they allow us not to have to process every single thing in our daily lives.